Speaker: DR. BERNARD LIGHTMAN
In this paper Dr. Lightman will trace the connection between John Tyndall, British physicist and evolutionary naturalist, and John William Draper, American chemist and historian. In the past, both have been seen as adherents to the “conflict thesis,” in part due to the views on the relationship between science and religion that they both expressed in 1874. This was the year that Tyndall delivered his infamous “Belfast Address” as President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and that Draper’s well-known History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science was published. An examination of these two important works in the context of their friendship will shed light on the significance of the “conflict thesis” in the second half of the nineteenth century.
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LOCATION: University Club – West Room, McMaster University.
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